October 20, 2007 Subject:
Things we don't need
Produce more and the price drops, so we have to produce more or the same more cheaply to catch up. Prosperity through consumption will be seen as a short phase in human history in a couple of decades, much as antibiotics will soon be redundant in medicine less than a century after their introduction. The whole capitalist concept of making cake and making people want to eat it won't and can't last. Look at how we westerners hold our hands up in horror now India and China want to exploit this path to raise their own living standards at our perceived expense. They don't like it up 'em! We have to stop eating and baking cakes. End of story.
October 12, 2003 Subject:
Lowell fondling a pen..
I love Lowell Thomas. I am now fully convinced he was the narrator du jour in early euphemeral films. Here, Mr. Cinerama sits at his desk forever fondling a pen while doddering on about How We Got Here Through Progress. A fairly silly drama takes place where two men bitch at each other that their mill can only produce one bag of flour every day. Pretty soon, they modernize and the production and money increase. Soon, we can all thank our lucky stars it seems for the man and the mill. Lowell also poopoos the depression as well, saying we got through that minor depression of 1907. I mean, that was nothing, this is nothing. Um, yeah!
October 2, 2003 Subject:
And on and on and on...
Lowell Thomas narrates this 30s film about how American technology and the capitalist system make things better for everybody and we should all just ignore that silly old depression. He does this by telling the story of a 19th-century mill that advances from a one-stone operation to a huge company that makes lots of profits and shares them with the workers. I'm not sure many jobless people during the Depression bought this.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.